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Posted: Jul 14, 2020 - 8:46am

”Question: Does cannabis actually help with the sciatic pain?”

You know what’s freakin’ awful? When I interviewed to get into med school (1983?) one of the questions they asked was “what do you think of marijuana as a medicine?”

You’d think by now it wouldn’t be controversial. 
haresfur

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Posted: Jul 13, 2020 - 6:27pm



 kurtster wrote:
So I finally made the phone call after all these years to a Roundup / Non Hodgkin Lymphoma lawsuit hotline.  Thought about it and thought some more for quite a few years.

So the pitch says they can tell me within minutes whether or not I might have a case.  First one I've seen that made that claim, so why not.

I call and a nice lady answers the phone. 

So after all of the formalities I ask, so which type of NHL is this about because there are around 38 different types ?

She says, all types.

Me to myself, this can't be.

I continue, going through the motions, give up my email so they can send me a contract to look at and, don't you have email access right now ?

No, I say.  Tell the lady, I'll look it over and get back to you.

Finally I look for it after a couple of days and find it over in the spam side.  Look at it, standard boilerplate, mentions the splits, fees, peripheral costs and then comes the mention of liens on the medical expenses by the likes of Medicare, Medicaid and any other insurance outfit that may have covered the expenses, that get paid out of my share, which is 40% after all costs are removed, but before any liens are settled.  Bells go off in my head, alerting me to the fact that this would have to be at least an 8 figure settlement to even allow me to get a dollar or two for myself.

So I kick it around in my head wondering about how this would affect my present care should my provider take a dim view of me becoming litigious in my older age as they provide copies of my medical records which are getting close to 3,500 computer pages at just the Clinic.  Then the docs have to make statements which nearly any hospital I can think of does not like to do.  We have established a relationship of sorts as they have collected well north of $2.5 million on my behalf over the course of the past 11 years now.  I kinda just show up and ignore certain things and they seem to let me as long as insurance keeps paying whatever they pay.  That could very well end with the termination of the long term goodwill between the two of us goes down the drain if I should pursue participating in this kind of a lawsuit.  A close friend whose wife has worked for my provider for 30 or so years agrees with my assessment that I could really piss off the Clinic and end up screwing myself.  Better to just move along, nothing to see here.

A week passes and finally last Tuesday, a lady calls back and asks if I had read and signed the contract.  I said, no and proceeded to explain my reservations.  I mentioned how big of a settlement would likely be needed for me to get anything even remotely worth risking pissing people off and that it would likely be north of $10 million with my care costing at least $2.5 mil so far.  She said that she understood and would have one of their attorneys who could answer my specific questions call me back and go over things with me.

I have yet to get a call back.  Kinda thinking that one will not be coming anytime soon.

Had to try.  Had to find out once and for all.  If something sounds too good to be true, then, well, ya know how that goes ...

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Your assessment sounds reasonable

kurtster

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Posted: Jul 13, 2020 - 6:09pm

So I finally made the phone call after all these years to a Roundup / Non Hodgkin Lymphoma lawsuit hotline.  Thought about it and thought some more for quite a few years.

So the pitch says they can tell me within minutes whether or not I might have a case.  First one I've seen that made that claim, so why not.

I call and a nice lady answers the phone. 

So after all of the formalities I ask, so which type of NHL is this about because there are around 38 different types ?

She says, all types.

Me to myself, this can't be.

I continue, going through the motions, give up my email so they can send me a contract to look at and, don't you have email access right now ?

No, I say.  Tell the lady, I'll look it over and get back to you.

Finally I look for it after a couple of days and find it over in the spam side.  Look at it, standard boilerplate, mentions the splits, fees, peripheral costs and then comes the mention of liens on the medical expenses by the likes of Medicare, Medicaid and any other insurance outfit that may have covered the expenses, that get paid out of my share, which is 40% after all costs are removed, but before any liens are settled.  Bells go off in my head, alerting me to the fact that this would have to be at least an 8 figure settlement to even allow me to get a dollar or two for myself.

So I kick it around in my head wondering about how this would affect my present care should my provider take a dim view of me becoming litigious in my older age as they provide copies of my medical records which are getting close to 3,500 computer pages at just the Clinic.  Then the docs have to make statements which nearly any hospital I can think of does not like to do.  We have established a relationship of sorts as they have collected well north of $2.5 million on my behalf over the course of the past 11 years now.  I kinda just show up and ignore certain things and they seem to let me as long as insurance keeps paying whatever they pay.  That could very well end with the termination of the long term goodwill between the two of us goes down the drain if I should pursue participating in this kind of a lawsuit.  A close friend whose wife has worked for my provider for 30 or so years agrees with my assessment that I could really piss off the Clinic and end up screwing myself.  Better to just move along, nothing to see here.

A week passes and finally last Tuesday, a lady calls back and asks if I had read and signed the contract.  I said, no and proceeded to explain my reservations.  I mentioned how big of a settlement would likely be needed for me to get anything even remotely worth risking pissing people off and that it would likely be north of $10 million with my care costing at least $2.5 mil so far.  She said that she understood and would have one of their attorneys who could answer my specific questions call me back and go over things with me.

I have yet to get a call back.  Kinda thinking that one will not be coming anytime soon.

Had to try.  Had to find out once and for all.  If something sounds too good to be true, then, well, ya know how that goes ...

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haresfur

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Posted: Feb 18, 2020 - 2:31pm



 kurtster wrote:
 

If you was me, I'd be trying acupuncture, chiropractic, and voodoo 
kurtster

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Posted: Feb 17, 2020 - 11:41pm

moving this over to a better place ...

 westslope wrote:
Sorry to hear that kurtster.   The hysterical War on Drugs just keeps on making victims.  If anything, one could be excused for wondering why the opioid crisis — a massive policy failure — has not pushed folks to re-think narcotics interdiction.

Question:   Does cannabis actually help with the sciatic pain?  
  
I am on my way to finding out the answer.  Had my test this morning.  Found out that I was not due until May.  Grrrr.  It seems that your contract gets renewed the same month every year.  I thought it was on my first visit of the year.  After some back and forth and some discussion of my sciatica and that with all things considered that I would be clean for THC he said we're good, we'll do the paper work part when the time comes.  He was willing to overlook other things that he knows we have because of my wife's problems, but THC was verboten.

Same GP that I have had for over 15 years, saw me through my cancer and all the other shit not to mention my wife's stuff.  So we both have a rock solid relationship built on trust over all of those years, that we are overall knowledgeable, compliant and are not at risk for abusing RX medications with the track record to prove it.  And we will not embarrass him with any sloppy behaviour on our part.

As for dealing with the pain and inflammation, we're going to find out.  After 55 years of consumption, I sure as hell won't be imagining any kind of relief.  It will either be real or it won't.  

So far this evening after a very long nap earlier in the day I finally partook after being up for a few hours.  Nothing really other than getting a little buzz.  It still hurt like a mofo.  After an hour or so, a wee bit more and I'm caring less about the pain and walking around a little more comfortably.  Now home after taking Jr back to his home and some more and I'm down to a meh ... or on that 1 to 10 scale about a 3 or 4.  It's been 8 or better for the better part of the last 3 weeks.  I've also indulged with 2 different strains so hard to say what is going on.

So we'll see.  I'll keep a pain o log and see what if anything is happening in regards to THC and CBD's.  It is very possible that over the many, many years I have benefited from the pain relief without consciously knowing it.  Back and nerve issues are a result of cumulative injuries over your entire life and one funny little move could be the wrong one that will do more to you than just hurt.  That and / or just plain neuropathy from all of the chemo.  It is a major side affect of half of the chemo drugs I've had.  Now I have a chance to find out.  I'm very in tune with my body.  Knowing myself as well as I do and making note of changes is a large part of discovering my cancer as early as we did.  And when it came back a couple of years ago.  And not being afraid to go to the doctor to find out what is wrong.  I'll report back on this.
haresfur

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Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 4:05pm



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 
 

Yeah I just hit the google too and it looks like I just got lucky. Apparently "most people" only have the sore arm for a while but I got all the symptoms.
 

Never suspected his guest was trying to poison him
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 3:38pm



 steeler wrote:


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 steeler wrote:


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:

shingrix?

 

Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
 

Hmmm. I got the first shot in September and the second in December. Both at my primary doc. Other than a sore upper arm, I did not feel bad at all. Other people I know who got the shots  had similar experiences to yours.  Now I am wondering if the shots I got were somehow defective!
 

I don't know, but the person sticking me did say that the nasty reaction means it's working. That doesn't mean no reaction=not working, but it might be worth investigating.
 

Not sure how I could determine whether the shots I received were defective or less than necessary potency. Upon quick internet search, I see where reactions can vary and some people do not experience much in the way of side effects while many others do. One person I know had a very sore upper arm for at least a week and told me it had turned red, but not the sickness and fatigue others are reporting (I read some people saying they experienced hellish nightmares!?!?). So I guess it varies. For me, the shots themselves were quick and really did not hurt and, as I said, the aftermath was just some very tolerable soreness in shoulder area for a few days. I am just hoping it works as expected — at least 90 percent effective — and I did not get a bad batch.

     

    Yeah I just hit the google too and it looks like I just got lucky. Apparently "most people" only have the sore arm for a while but I got all the symptoms.
    steeler

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    Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 2:03pm



     ScottFromWyoming wrote:


     steeler wrote:


     ScottFromWyoming wrote:


     miamizsun wrote:

    shingrix?

     

    Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
     

    Hmmm. I got the first shot in September and the second in December. Both at my primary doc. Other than a sore upper arm, I did not feel bad at all. Other people I know who got the shots  had similar experiences to yours.  Now I am wondering if the shots I got were somehow defective!
     

    I don't know, but the person sticking me did say that the nasty reaction means it's working. That doesn't mean no reaction=not working, but it might be worth investigating.
     

    Not sure how I could determine whether the shots I received were defective or less than necessary potency. Upon quick internet search, I see where reactions can vary and some people do not experience much in the way of side effects while many others do. One person I know had a very sore upper arm for at least a week and told me it had turned red, but not the sickness and fatigue others are reporting (I read some people saying they experienced hellish nightmares!?!?). So I guess it varies. For me, the shots themselves were quick and really did not hurt and, as I said, the aftermath was just some very tolerable soreness in shoulder area for a few days. I am just hoping it works as expected — at least 90 percent effective — and I did not get a bad batch.

      ScottFromWyoming

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      Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 1:30pm



       steeler wrote:


       ScottFromWyoming wrote:


       miamizsun wrote:

      shingrix?

       

      Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
       

      Hmmm. I got the first shot in September and the second in December. Both at my primary doc. Other than a sore upper arm, I did not feel bad at all. Other people I know who got the shots  had similar experiences to yours.  Now I am wondering if the shots I got were somehow defective!
       

      I don't know, but the person sticking me did say that the nasty reaction means it's working. That doesn't mean no reaction=not working, but it might be worth investigating.
      steeler

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      Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 1:23pm



       ScottFromWyoming wrote:


       miamizsun wrote:

      shingrix?

       

      Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
       

      Hmmm. I got the first shot in September and the second in December. Both at my primary doc. Other than a sore upper arm, I did not feel bad at all. Other people I know who got the shots  had similar experiences to yours.  Now I am wondering if the shots I got were somehow defective!
      miamizsun

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      Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 1:13pm

       Red_Dragon wrote: 
      great info graphic
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      Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 7:28am

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 9:18am

       cc_rider wrote:


       miamizsun wrote:


      yeah my doc talked me into it last spring

      i think i waited 8 weeks between bumps

      he's always on my arse about flu shots too
       
      I thought those went in your arm...
      c.

       
      Will you be here all week?{#Lol}
      cc_rider

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 9:04am



       miamizsun wrote:


      yeah my doc talked me into it last spring

      i think i waited 8 weeks between bumps

      he's always on my arse about flu shots too
       
      I thought those went in your arm...
      c.

      miamizsun

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:50am

       ScottFromWyoming wrote:


       miamizsun wrote:

      shingrix?

       

      Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
       

      yeah my doc talked me into it last spring

      i think i waited 8 weeks between bumps

      he's always on my arse about flu shots too
      miamizsun

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:47am

       cc_rider wrote:
      Preventative screening... do it!

      Yesterday was my first colonoscopy. Oh joy. But here's the thing: as much as it was inconvenient and unpleasant, it was NOTHING compared to colon cancer!
      Which applies to pretty much any medical screening procedure. Sure, it sucks rocks. But the alternative is usually much, much worse.

      We can debate the efficacy of flu shots and the like, but finding something that's actually wrong (or could go wrong) is a different matter. One of those polyps could be pre-cancerous: do you really want to take that chance?

      Funny thing, my new GP, who insisted on the test, STILL hasn't had it done himself! No one is immune to the hassle- and ick-factors. But the hassle and ick will seem like a picnic if God forbid there is something serious going on.

      Many health care plans cover it 100% (preventative) but there's usually a charge if they find something (diagnostic).

      Plus the stuff they use now, Propofol, works really fast (10-15 seconds) and wears off quickly (less than an hour?)

      Bite the bullet, drink the horrid stuff, get checked. The life you save could be your own...
      c.
       

      yeah my first run was at like 7 am and it was great

      boom never knew what hit me

      second one was early afternoon

      never again

      because timing



      edit:  there are narrated tours of the colon on youtube if someone is interested
      ScottFromWyoming

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:44am



       miamizsun wrote:

      shingrix?

       

      Yeah. Got the booster a while back. Still hurt, not as bad. Don't make plans for the day after.
      miamizsun

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:43am

       ScottFromWyoming wrote:
      They have a new, much more effective shingles vaccine out now. Our church decided to pay for anyone who thinks they want it (in the church or not) out at the public health annex. They ran out, but put me on a waiting list and a few days ago, they called and said they had some. I went in Friday morning before going out to sightsee with haresfur! While I was there waiting, Justine had me ask if it was recommended for her because she'd had a mild case a while ago etc. and they said yes and they looked and had enough doses to give her one too. So we both got a shot of it. When I was in with the nurse, she says, "So! Got any big plans this weekend?" Ooh, chatty. Okay. "Not really, just work stuff." She says "well you might want to call in sick because this will leave you feeling puny for a day or two."

      Puny. Isn't that, like, queasy? A little under the weather, lethargic, yeah? No, sorry, we made it thru the day being active, but about 8 or 9 hours after getting the shots, started to ache and were running a fever. By midnight, we were both complaining that it felt like we'd been hit by a car. Holy crap it hurt. I took a double dose of naprosyn about 2 a.m. and finally got to sleep for a while but I had to get up and go to the zipline and greet customers. 

      So, anyway. Have to get a booster shot in 3 months. I'll plan ahead next time, boy.
       
      shingrix?

      cc_rider

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:38am



       Red_Dragon wrote:


       cc_rider wrote:

      If your Doc says it's ok, good enough for me. I had a few polyps removed to be biopsied, but I think that test picks up stuff like that too. Better than nothing, regardless!
      c.



       
      Yeah, she says the box test is only good for three years, whereas the scope is good for five. So far it's always been negative, so...

       
      Scope is good for five IF they don't find anything. If they remove any polyps, it's three. Guh.
      c.

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      Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:27am



       cc_rider wrote:

      If your Doc says it's ok, good enough for me. I had a few polyps removed to be biopsied, but I think that test picks up stuff like that too. Better than nothing, regardless!
      c.



       
      Yeah, she says the box test is only good for three years, whereas the scope is good for five. So far it's always been negative, so...

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